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Craft beer in Santiago

Kissing the six-pack after an arduous trek out the Rothhammer brewery

Kissing the six-pack after an arduous trek out the Rothhammer brewery

This June, after five weeks of hiking, rail, and trekking through the jungles and mountains of Peru, I was ready for some R&R. For our “honeymoon” budget that equated to a decent apartment in wintery Santiago, which was in the midst of a depressing, grey period. I was done with museums, couldn’t afford spas, and was nearly tired of eating out every day.

I actually missed my couch. My king-sized bed. I hated to admit it as I was the one who insisted on going away for five weeks on honeymoon. I was shocked to find that the nomadic 25-year-old me had disappeared, and in its place a newly-married Mrs. Middle-Class Traveller had appeared. She was happy to pay more to have three stellar, pampered weeks away rather than slum it in hostels and jungle huts to stretch her trip out to cover another chapter in the Lonely Planet.

But still, seven long days stretched ahead of me in Santiago before I could go home to a Toronto bursting with summer goodness.

So what to do?

I decided to visit breweries. My husband acted as my photographer and we packed in four brewery visits in three days getting a good handle on Santiago’s growing microbrewery scene. It was a honeymoon highlight (OK, Machu Picchu was pretty good too), and those tipsy scribbles turned into my first feature for enRoute.

I hope you enjoy the story — I’ve posted over 100 photos (most taken by my able husband) from the brewery visits on my Flickr page.





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Insider’s guide to Toronto – new blogTO column

Great BloomersIf you could ask City Hall to change one thing about the city right now, what would it be?

Paul Ngyuen, founding editor of jane-finch.com, wants politicians “to pay more attention to the so-called priority neighborhoods.  They’ve gotta come on down and visit before they decide to make changes.”

Great Bloomers musicians Lowell Sostomi and Nate Hindle “have to speak up for the youth,” they want live music venues to open their doors to under 18’s.

Poet and writer Priscilla Uppal wants the City to “fix the transit system.  Please fix the transit system!”

Councillor for Trinity-Spadina, Adam Vaughan, wants his fellow councilors to “fall romantically in love with Toronto.”

Journalist Peter C. Newman wants City Hall to try to save at least part of the waterfront from the condo “obscenity.”

These are some of the answers I got while talking to a few well-known city dwellers for a new weekly column I’m producing for blogTO and Take 5, on CIUT 89.5 FM.

It’s a look at their personal maps of the city — the first one, on jane-finch.com founder and editor, Paul Nguyen — launched today on blogTO and the audio version will be broadcasted on Take 5, which airs Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Hopefully they’ll widen your map of the city.

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